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For, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020


A couple of horror movies and a family film round out the trio of newbies opening in local theaters this weekend. Happy Halloween.


“Come Play” (PG-13). Lonely young Oliver, who is autistic and non-verbal, is in need of a friend, which makes him perfect prey for a creepy creature that uses electronic devices to enter our world. This is filmmaker Jacob Chase’s PG-13 expansion of his 2017 short film “Larry,” which is just 5 minutes long and available on YouTube.


“Spell” (R). Apparently inspired by Stephen King’s “Misery,” this horror yarn has a pilot and his family crashing in rural Appalachia during an intense storm. When he awakens, he’s trapped in an attic where a voodoo priestess (Loretta Devine) claims she can nurse him back to health, though she apparently has more sinister plans for him and his family.


“When We Last Spoke” (PG). Two young sisters are abandoned by their mother in the late 1960s and grow up in the rural home of their grandparents (Melissa Gilbert, Corbin Bernsen) and their looney great-grandmother (Cloris Leachman). As with many family films, this one focuses on a couple of kids, with seasoned, recognizable actors surrounding them.




Meanwhile, in addition to a few holdovers like “Tenet” and “Honest Thief,” local screens are dominated by older pictures, with, as you might expect, an emphasis on Halloween themes.


Among the R-rated horror films on display are “Scream” and “The Conjuring 2,” and the original versions of “The Exorcist,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Halloween.” On a lighter note are revivals of the original versions of “The Monster Squad” and “Poltergeist.”


And “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Goosebumps” and last year’s animated “The Addams Family” are playing for small fry.


Also in theaters this weekend are three more recent older films (if that’s not oxymoronic), “Alita: Battle Angel,” “V for Vendetta” and “We are Marshall.”


And a surprising addition is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”